I joined the department in 2010 having been a lecturer at the Centre for Development Studies, Swansea University since 2005. I obtained my PhD at Wageningen University, the Netherlands, undertaking an investigation into armed conflict and post-war reintegration trajectories of youthful ex-combatants in Sierra Leone, West Africa. My BSc and MSc were in rural development sociology, again at Wageningen University, for which I undertook field work in Sierra Leone and Cambodia. In 2000 I worked a year for Save the Children UK evaluating their ex-child soldier reintegration project in Liberia. I have provided consultancy services for a number of international organisations, including the World Bank, Plan International, the Institute for Security Studies and the Dutch Royal Institute of the Tropics.